Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot against Alberto Martin of Spain during day three of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2009 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
David Ferrer wins a five set match over compatriot Nicolas Almagro after losing the first two sets By Yeshayahu Ginsburg I don’t know how it happened. I don’t know when it happened. But David Ferrer has transformed himself into a top tennis player. Ferrer has been a very good player for a long time now. He has been in or around the top 20 since 2005 and was having good runs in Slams that long ago as well. That’s not what I mean when I say he is a top player. I mean that Ferrer is just a tiny step below the top 4. That’s how good he is right now. It’s not really possible to point out a time when Ferrer made the jump from “top 15 player” to “player who can compete with anyone”, but it has occurred gradually over the past several years. Starting in 2011, Ferrer really just stopped losing matches to players that he should beat. Since then, Ferrer’s competitiveness and mental toughness against other top players—those who he shouldn’t necessarily beat—has risen gradually but very noticeabl
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